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FEMA

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    FEMA Denies West Rebuilding Funds

    To say that the town of West has had a rough time is pretty much the understatement of the year. Since a fertilizer plant exploded, killing 15 people and leaving half the town looking like it had been wiped out by a nuclear bomb, the people of West have been struggling to rebuild and move on from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    The 5 Dumbest West Fertilizer-Plant Explosion Conspiracy Theories On The Web

    Investigators are nowhere near declaring what caused the explosion of the fertilizer factory in West April 17. Other investigators, however, have come to their own conclusions, or raised their own questions. Their own nutty, farcical, inane conclusions and questions. They are the West Truthers on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    "Feds Order 1.6 Billion Bullets" -- New Spam E-Mail Goes After FEMA Conspiracy Theorists and Sports Fans?

    Spammers don't care about your political causes or your beliefs. They prey on the innocent and the naive, which is why a recent spate of e-mails I've received using conspiracy theory scare tactics does not surprise me in the least. I am not a "prepper," nor do I fear the end of the world or being j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Galveston's Historic Elissa To Get $1.4 Million In FEMA Repair Funds

    Hurricane Ike can seem like a lifetime ago, but the feds are still doling out the cash to deal with the devastation along the Galveston waterfront. Some of that devastation involved the Elissa, the historic tall ship that has long been giving island visitors a taste of Galveston's past in the age o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    The Oddly Named Patrick Adolf Prendergast Jr. Ripped off FEMA, Jury Rules

    Desecrating the name of Adolf, a man named Patrick Adolf Prendergast Jr. has been convicted of ripping off FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Ike, the U.S. Attorney's Office has announced. And his parents had such high hopes for him when they gave him his middle name. Prendergast, 54, was convicted of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    ERRRRRR: Get Ready to Get Emergency Broadcasted On, Y'All

    ​A nationwide test of Emergency Alert System is set for today at 1 p.m. Houston time, when a half-minute message will air on all television and radio stations. The purpose is to test out the preparedness of the system to break into radio and TV channels to give instructions and news in the eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Wildfire: What to Do If It Nears, Houstonians

    Hopefully you won't be dealing with this​Here in Houston, we generally think about wildfire danger as often as we do earthquakes, which is to say never at all. But the recent fire in George Bush Park shows that the historic drought has made a lot more people vulnerable to a wildfire. So what ... More >>

  • News

    September 23, 2010

    Our Mother of Mercy

    How far did cardinal go in tearing down Ike-ravaged church?

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Fishers of Men: Pastor And Associates Get Prison Time For Fraud

    Go thou and defraudeth FEMA....​It was almost two years ago that we wrote about the Fishers of Men scandal, a church in southwest Houston whose pastor and associates were charged with various financial shenanigans.It sparked a comment war between defenders and accusers that lasted so long and got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Two Pastors And A Deacon Admit That Their Church Was One Hell Of A Scam

    ​Some blog items never die.Almost a year ago we wrote about the fraud charges filed against officials of the Fishers of Men Worship Center in Houston. To this day, barely a week goes by without someone throwing up another comment on the case, either defending the officials or saying they got what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Guilty Pleas From The Sisters Who Dared To Defraud FEMA And Oprah

    This summer we told you about two locals who had not only been accused of defrauding the federal government, but something far, far more powerful: Oprah Winfrey.​Sisters Darlene McGruder Poole and Lashone McGruder Victor were charged in August with filing false information to FEMA in order to get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Ripping Off FEMA And Oprah: Not A Good Idea

    ​It's one thing to defraud FEMA in the wake of a hurricane. It's another to mess with Oprah.That's the sad, heavy lesson learned by four people named in indictments unsealed this morning by the U.S. Attorney's office. They're charged with, as the feds put it, "wrongfully obtaining rental assistanc ... More >>

  • News

    June 4, 2009

    Have a Nice Summer!

    Panic, FEMA, empty shelves — here's the only Hurricane Guide you'll need this year.

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2009

    Three Hurricanes, Three Fraud Schemes

    Wherever there's a hurricane, ma, I'll be there...Wherever a FEMA official's handing out a form to fill, I'll be the person scamming them...Wherever -- Well, we don't think the Tom Joad speech at the end of The Grapes of Wrath goes exactly like that, but it would if Phyllis Ann Taylor was saying it. ... More >>

  • News

    April 16, 2009
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    April 16, 2009

    First They Came For Our Teabags: The Slideshow

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttWe promised, and we are Promise Keepers! (of a sort).Here's the slideshow of the tea-party protest at Jones Plaza yesterday. Check to see if you made the cut. We are not responsible, however, if the fact that your photo is posted here puts you on a Department of Homeland S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Closing: The Last Ike Recovery Center Remaining Open

    It's a milestone of sorts: The last Ike recovery center still operating will close its doors Friday.At one time 130 such centers were open, but now the only one left is at the Galveston Island Community Center on Broadway. It's served 28,000 visitors, FEMA says."The recovery centers provided much-ne ... More >>

  • News

    April 2, 2009

    Searching for Hurricane Ike Victims

    Some may never be found.

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    The Five Least Significant Deaths In Houston This Year

    We've already noted the five biggest local deaths in 2008; now it's time to look at the five deaths that leave the smallest amounts of sympathy or significance.5. The Playoff Chances of the Texans and Astros. Insignificant because really, did anyone expect anything different? The teams blew when the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Bacliff Gets Ready For An Ike Invasion

    Shortly after Hurricane Ike, San Leon resident Tommy Dixon praised the spirit of his hometown and its will to rebuild by saying "All we need now are FEMA trailers and mosquito repellent."We don't know about the mosquito repellent, but they are getting the FEMA trailers. Two hundred of them are slate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    He Got His Fraud Conviction Through The Houston Chronicle

    If the people you rip off are people who are seeking to themselves rip off the federal government, where's the harm? Don't ask that of Christopher Brian McPherson. He just got five years in a federal prison for seeking the answer to that question. McPherson plead guilty to a fraud scheme that saw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Ike-Response Hearings Begin; FEMA Doesn't Bother To Show Up

    The first of four House Select Committee on Hurricane Ike hearings kicked off this morning at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel. Chaired by Rep. Sylvester Turner (we like to call these the “Ike-Turner” hearings), the Committee’s goal, as explained by Turner, “is to come out of these hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Buy Lemonade, Help The Federal Government Out

    It's heartwarming -- an 11-year-old Girl Scout from Houston opening a lemonade stand to help victims of Ike. Sunkist, which has a whole PR effort devoted to getting these lemonade-stand-for-a-cause stories out, was enraptured with Rama Imad and her friends: "They will be raising money for FEMA, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Galveston Releases A Damage-Assessment Map

    The city of Galveston has released its first damage-assessment maps after Ike. There are three maps listed here. The one most people are interested in is the first, from 61st Street east. Increase the size of the blow-up on the toolbar to, say, 50 percent and you get a pretty good idea of how bad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    He's Guilty -- Of Generating Good Quotes

    If you're a defendant in a federal criminal case alleging you scammed FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which of these two things would you least like to hear? a) Your own attorney describing your mental state: "He can function. I mean, he's not like...a raving lunatic. He's not Anthony Hopkin ... More >>

  • News

    September 25, 2008
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    September 25, 2008

    Hurricane Relief

    Houston doesn't roll over for Ike

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2008

    Renters -- Don't Get Screwed By Lazy Landlords

    Homeowners hit by Ike know that if they want the little-to-somewhat-big things fixed after Ike, they just need to buckle down and do it themselves. But what about renters? Should they wait until their landlord does the job? And what happens, say, if their downstairs neighbor evacuated and the refri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Sunny San Leon Picks Up the Pieces After Hurricane Ike

    Photos by Daniel Kramer / Click here for a slideshow There’s always someone unluckier than you. In the wake of Hurricane Ike, such people were easy to find in the devastated Galveston Bay town of San Leon, as Press photographer Dan Kramer and I found out when we crossed a police checkpoint to ent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    The FEMA Bureaucracy Descends, And Obfuscates

    At least two PODS – Greenspoint and the Fountain of Praise church at 13950 Hillcroft – ran out of MRE’s by midday Tuesday, with officials at the Reliant Center staging center offering scant explanation. Reliant is the check-in and dispatch center for trucks carrying ice, water and MREs to 18 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    The Initial Bill For Clean-Up In Houston: Almost $100 Million

    The always sharp-eyed Ubu Roi on bloghouston has noted that the agenda for the upcoming emergency Houston City Council meeting includes approving a contract for debris removal. The cost: $98 million. That's a lot of friggin' debris. As Ubu Roi puts it: "[Agenda item]Number 3.a. is the jaw-dropper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Two Politicians, Two Responses

    You may have noticed Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Mayor Bill White projecting different attitudes during their joint press conferences in the past few days - White a bit more critical of response efforts, Emmett a bit less willing to engage in what he would presumably think to be finger-pointin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Houston Libraries Begin To Re-Open, With Computers For Victims

    The Houston Public Library System is slowly getting back on its feet. The downtown library is open from 10a.m. to 7 p.m. as of now. "The Central Library computer lab will be designated as the Hurricane Ike Assistance Room to file for FEMA aid, insurance claims, and emailing family and friends," the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    FEMA Not Looking Too Good in Greenspoint

    We've just received word from reporters Craig Malisow and Brett Koshkin that the point of distribution center at Harvest Time Church near Greenspoint Mall has plenty of water and ice -- but no food. Sources with the Houston Police Department and the church say that FEMA took over on Monday from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008
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    September 15, 2008

    A Dispatch from Dickinson

    John Nova Lomax just called in with news from Gator Miller, a reporter with Seabreeze News who's down in Dickinson. First things first: Gilhooley's and the Topwater Grill are destroyed. The police department in Dickinson has no power. FEMA is setting something up at McAdam Junior High, but no on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2007
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    December 18, 2006

    Adventures in Flood Insurance

    Thanks to FEMA's new flood maps, you can move from that neighborhood that flooded to a new neighborhood that, um, will probably flood. Leave it to the foresighted, hyperaware folks at FEMA to release their final flood plain maps of Harris County on such a perfectly overcast, drizzly day. In the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2006

    Merry Christmas and Pass Me the Jim Beam

    If you were wondering just who would issue this year's Most Depressing Christmas-Related Press Release, we have your answer: The fine folks at FEMA . In a brilliantly understated few sentences, a script for radio public-service announcements succeeds in making us want to slit our wrists, and we did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2006

    Is God on 3-1-1?

    "Don't sweat folks, I've called FEMA!" Well, the nerve... A poll released by Texas Southern University today shows that African-American Houstonians would call upon The Lord Almighty before city or state government during a major disaster. The report found that 83 percent of African Americans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2006

    So Much for Waterfront Views

    "Why yes, we have redecorated the kitchen." A story in your daily information source raises a significant question (cue raspy TV news voice-over guy): "Are the levees in Fort Bend County in trouble?" Dun-dun-duuuuunnnn... Well, no one really knows, it seems. The story makes note that several ma ... More >>

  • News

    July 6, 2006

    Debate Club

    KTRH's shouter has a hissy fit

  • Music

    March 30, 2006

    Juvenile

    Reality Check

  • News

    January 26, 2006

    La Mordita

    Check cashers and furniture rental companies take a big chunk out of post-hurricane FEMA checks

  • News

    December 8, 2005

    System Failure

    Tropical Storm Allison destroyed houses that never quite got fixed, thanks to bureaucratic bungling and cheaters

  • News

    November 3, 2005

    Against All Odds

    A group of unsupervised mental patients running from Katrina made it from New Orleans to Houston. Victor Fruge led the way.

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    The Long Goodbye

    It sounds so simple: FEMA purchasing homes flooded by Tropical Storm Allison. Then come the bureaucratic blizzards and personal angst over giving up and getting out.

  • News

    December 20, 2001

    Out of Control

    The City of Houston requires developers in the floodplain to elevate and mitigate -- build houses on higher ground and dig detention ponds for runoff. Except, not always.

  • News

    September 13, 2001

    Not Worth A Dam

    Clear Creek is on the rise, and local flood-protection methods have been helpless against it. Soggy residents, tired of being perpetual victims, are ready for a fight.

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    Added Costs

    Houston finally moves on a flood program that could have saved residents millions

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